So this is a book review of a book that came out in 1981. Whatever. I hadn't read it up until recently so I suppose I might as well do it now.
Its given me an existential dilemma: It's one of the best books I've ever read. It's easily in my top five books of all time. The premise is easy: Serial killer on the loose, a brilliant man with a checkered past, attempting to collar him. The book written in succinct yet lurid prose, far better than Thomas Harris' other published works like Hannibal and Black Sunday. It's actually rather instructive to read both of those, Black Sunday and Red Dragon, back to back. Never before have I seen an artist evolve that quickly. Black Sunday is a good book, but it doesn't hit nearly the heights where Red Dragon routinely cruises.
It's easily among the best books I've ever read. I have no idea where to slide it into my top five. My five are as follows:
1. The Stand
2. Blood Meridian
3. Infinite Jest
4. Slaughterhouse Five
5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
I stand by every single one in the five, but I don't know what can go. It's a problem I've been gator wrestling lately (love Swamplandia!).
Either way, read Red Dragon even if you don't like books. It's unbelievable.